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Sir Richard Thompson, 1st Baronet

Sir Richard Hilton Marler Thompson, 1st Baronet (5 October 1912—15 July 1999) was a British Conservative politician.

Thompson was educated at Malvern College and in India, Burma and Sri Lanka and worked in Calcutta and the Far East in business. In World War II, he served in the Royal Navy as an ordinary seaman and became a lieutenant-commander in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve. He was serving on HMS Hermione in 1942 when the ship was sunk whilst part of the Malta convoy. He became a director of two publishing companies and was a trustee of the British Museum.

Thompson was elected as Member of Parliament for Croydon West in 1950, defeating Labour MP David Rees-Williams, then for the new Croydon South seat in 1955. He joined the Whips' Office as a junior whip in

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